Lay Off, Suze Orman!

Why do personal finance books for women try to make them feel guilty? In fact, women are not spendaholics -- at least, not compared with men

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If you want to get rich like Suze Orman, the CNBC personal-finance guru, you must first toss out that old mascara, say your full name while standing in front of the mirror and discover true inner harmony. Women have a "totally dysfunctional" relationship with money, Orman writes in her new book, Women & Money, and these ego-boosting exercises are crucial to curing it. "Lasting net worth," she writes, comes from "a healthy and strong sense of self-worth."

Orman's best seller is the latest personal-finance book for women that devotes just as much ink to analyzing our psyches as it does to...

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